Utica Zoo Events & Classes

Jan
31
Sat
Crafty Critters – Tricky tracks
Jan 31 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

January 31st  Crafty Critters – Tricky tracks

Make a fun track book or picture and leave your track on our  Utica Zoo track wall. Free with admission.

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International Zebra Day
Jan 31 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
International Zebra Day

Saturday January 31st is International Zebra Day at the Utica Zoo! We currently have two male Hartmann’s Mountain Zebras, Rundu and Kasane, who are father and son. Hartmann’s Mountain Zebras are excellent climbers, and are more comfortable in steep, rocky terrain than other zebra species. They prefer to live in small family groups, and their numbers have been severely diminished due to poaching and loss of habitat. Conservation efforts have managed to stabilize their population in recent years, but they are still considered a vulnerable species in the wild. Our zebras are usually outside except on the worst winter days, so stop by and join us for a zebra feeding and keeper talk at 2pm on January 31st.

Feb
2
Mon
World Wetlands & Hedgehog Day
Feb 2 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
World Wetlands & Hedgehog Day

February 2nd is World Wetlands Day! Often viewed as wasteland, these swamps, marshes and vernal pools are a severely underappreciated natural resource, and they are actually a vital habitat for many species. In fact, more than a third of the federally listed species on the Endangered Species Act rely directly, or indirectly, on wetlands for their survival. Wetlands also help to purify and replenish our water and act as a sort of natural sponge against flooding and drought. Unfortunately, because these benefits are not widely known, 64% of all wetlands have been destroyed since 1900, and we’re continuing to lose them at an alarming rate. Here in Utica we are lucky enough to have the Utica Marsh Wildlife Management Area right next door, which protects more than 200 acres of diverse habitat that harbors a great variety of plants and animals, including birds, turtles, frogs and insects. If you are interested in learning more about the importance of wetlands and getting involved in World Wetlands Day, please visit: worldwetlandsday.org

February 2nd is also Hedgehog Day! Long before the North American tradition of Groundhog Day, the ancient Romans celebrated with hedgehogs. Just like Punxsutawney Phil, if the hedgehog looked out of its burrow and saw its shadow, there would be six more weeks of winter. Here at the Utica Zoo, we currently have three African Pygmy Hedgehogs; Carly, Humphrey and their daughter Violet, who are all used in education programs. Despite their name, hedgehogs are not related to pigs, nor are they related to porcupines. They do, however, have 5,000-6,000 spines covering their body that are an excellent defense, especially when they are rolled up into a protective ball. To learn more about our hedgehogs and meet them up close, call 315-738-0472 ext 36 to book your birthday party or education program!

Feb
5
Thu
Zoo Adventures – Welcome Back Groundhog!
Feb 5 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Join our monthly preschool program as we explore the world of animals through storybooks!  Each session includes a story, animal meet and greet, snack, and activity.  The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for non-members. Child admission included and Adults are free. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am.

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Feb
13
Fri
Homeschool Program – Incredible Invertebrates
Feb 13 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Our interactive classes help to further home school studies through group activities and animal interactions. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for non-members.  Child admission included and Adults are free . The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am.

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Learn 2 Paint Class @ Utica Zoo Auditorium
Feb 13 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Learn 2 Paint Class @ Utica Zoo Auditorium | Utica | New York | United States

Learn to Paint Class at the Utica Zoo. Friday, February 13th from 6 to 8pm in the Utica Zoo Auditorium. $35 per person. Only 20 spots are available. We will be painting portraits of our White-naped Cranes. $35 includes: 12 x 16″ canvas that you can take home after its painted, painting supplies, free wine glass, and the first drink of wine for free. Must be 18 or older to participate and 21+ to drink wine. Please register and pay by February 6th by contacting (315) 738-0472 Ext. 22 or events@uticazoo.org.

Feb
18
Wed
Zoo Camp – Tropical Getaway
Feb 18 @ 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Winter Zoo Camp – Tropical Getaway (K – 2nd))

Need a break from the cold? Join us at the Utica Zoo for a warm weather adventure to the deserts and rainforests of the world!

$30.00 per child for members / $35.00 per child for non-members

Pre-registration is required.  To pre-register, please contact the Education Department at 315-738-0472 ext. 36 or email kathleen.mallory@uticazoo.org

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Feb
19
Thu
Winter Zoo Tales
Feb 19 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Does your toddler love the zoo? Bring your young zoologist to the Utica Zoo and enjoy a special winter story, narrated with the help of some of our animal friends, and fun activities!

$5.00 per child for members / $10.00 per child for non-members.

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Feb
20
Fri
Zoo Camp – Whose Track is That?
Feb 20 @ 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Winter Zoo Camp – Whose Track is That? (3rd – 5th)

Have you ever seen footprints in the snow and wondered who has been there?  Join our zoo educators as we  investigate animals through the tracks they leave behind!

$30.00 per child for members / $35.00 per child for non-members

Pre-registration is required!  To pre-register, please contact the Education  Department at 315-738-0472 ext. 36 or email kathleen.mallory@uticazoo.org

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Night Prowl
Feb 20 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Night Prowl

Its dark and its cold and we are thinking about our warm beds! Many animals however are just getting up. Join zoo educators as they introduce you to nocturnal animals and then lead you on an exploration of the zoo after dark. The evening will end with hot chocolate and treats around a fire. $5.00 per person for members, $10.00 for non-members, under 2 free. Please pre-register by calling (315) 738-0472 ext. 36 or email kathleen.mallory@uticazoo.org.